Experience the major cultural highlights of Bhutan with the Bhutan Experience Tour. An inspiring tour of ten days, Bhutan Experience Tour takes you to all the cultural hubs of this mystical kingdom.
Discover ancient lakhangs, impressive dzongs, picturesque villages, and secluded monasteries while exploring Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Bumthang. Drive past high mountain passes and enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains. Our knowledgeable Bhutanese guide will take you to the sites and introduce you to the rich cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.
Bhutan Experience Tour starts with a drive from Paro to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Clean and tranquil with traditional homes and buildings, Thimphu is one of the most peaceful and pollution-free capitals in the world.
Walk around the beautiful King’s Memorial Chorten, with the locals. The chorten is a white religious structure built in memory of the third king of Bhutan. Your visit to the Nunnery Temple will acquaint you with the austere lifestyle of the anis or Buddhist nuns.
Explore the Tashichhodzong, a magnificent castle that houses the throne room of the Bhutanese king. Visiting the Folk Heritage Museum, Painting School, Textile Museum, and the local market will give you an insight into the unique art and culture of the Bhutanese. Your Thimphu tour ends with a drive to the hilltop shrine of Buddha Dordenma at Kuenselphodrang.
A fascinating drive through the green hills will bring you to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital. Located at the confluence of the Po Chu and Mo Chu rivers, Punakha Dzong will dazzle you with its outstanding beauty and architecture. The massive fortress now houses government offices, a monastery, and chapels with Buddhist relics and scroll paintings.
You will also visit the impressive Druk Wangyal Monastery, and Chimi Lakhang, or the Fertility Temple. Stroll around a traditional village walk and enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse. Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten before heading to Bumthang, the religious and cultural center of Bhutan.
In Bumthang, we will take you to Jambay Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built by the Tibetan king Songsten Gampo. Another ancient Buddhist shrine in your Bumthang tour itinerary is the Kurjey Lakhang, a meditation site of Padmasambhava or the Second Buddha. A delightful walk to the Thangbi Valley will lead you to Thangbi Lakhang, an important Buddhist shrine. Before bidding goodbye to Bumthang you explore the sacred Tamshing Lakhang, a treasure trove of Buddhist murals and paintings, and the lively local market.
Paro is the last city you will tour. Follow your guide to the stately Paro or Rinpung Dzong and visit Kichu Lakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. Wrap up your memorable tour with a hike to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. Built on the face of a rocky cliff, Tiger’s Nest is a sacred and popular site among tourists as well as locals. During the hike, one can enjoy panoramic views of Paro Valley and the surrounding mountains.
While spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for Bhutan Experience Tour, one can do this trip any time of the year. You will travel between cities in a private vehicle driven by an experienced driver. People of all fitness levels and age groups can do this tip. You can skip the longer hikes if you find them taxing.
Bhutan Experience Tour takes you to all the major cultural and historical sites in Bhutan. Nepal Hiking Team highly recommends this trip to those who are interested in Himalayan Buddhist culture and history. Come and join us on this fascinating tour of the mystical Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.